A National Governor’s Association 2012 Report promotes the importance of design linking art with science with the environment for cultural sustainability. New Engines of Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Design and Culture presents the importance of art and creativity education in K12 to deliver a better prepared workforce, catalyze community revitalization, launch cultural districts and cultivate creative hubs. Designing design education to deliver informal design thinking, research and making opportunities nurtures imagination across broad bands of population.

New learning tools and skills remake the context between consumer, creator and producer. 86% of US voters believe that encouraging children to be creative and develop their imagination is necessary to maintain a creative edge and ensure that the US does not fall behind other countries. Teaching art linked with science, engineering and math, creativity is linked with research and design can become a powerful vehicle. Canada and the United Kingdom have been mandating K-12 design education since 1995. Three U.S. states (MI, WI, NJ) currently have art and design standards, though the NAEA published correlation between Art Standards and new Common Core State Standards that evolve critical thinking, awareness of diverse approaches, etc.

Declared basically non-existent in the United States (Meredith Davis, Design As A Catalyst for Learning teaching of design changes STEM (Science + Technology+ Engineering + Math) learning to STEAM (Science + Technology + Engineering + Environment + Art + (Design + Environment) +Math). Children learn from and celebrate multiple cultural associations. Art experiences help children develop unique perspectives and assist children in visualizing and materializing ideas.
Art is the current place based project learning experience in most schools. Design connects with art with purposeful studies of human use connecting art making to social justice roles. Design combines science and art and mediates diverse information across natural and artificial systems. It offers processes that open complex interactions and morally charged decision making in relationships with each other, with the built world and the world we encounter. Design facilitates relationships between the physical and social environment; the advent of sustainable design practices proposes solutions to social problems, provides conscientious living strategies and creates local and global ecological perspectives.
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